OCTOBER TRAVEL QUOTES

Yes, I said October.

It’s my favorite time of the year.

So many hockey, football and basketball games for the Sports Diva to go to, God willing.

Maybe take a 30 Plus Teams Tour of the cities that are in baseball’s world series.

So much traveling to do before it gets really cold .

But that shouldn’t stop you from doing your own 30 Plus Teams Tour .

It maybe getting cold but get inspired , fam.

Travel and let these quotes inspire you as usual .

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LEARNING HOW TO RELAX

‘Miss Joanie, slow down, you’re doing too much.’

‘You need to rest. Nothing wrong with being lazy. You don’t have a job to go to anymore . ‘

‘Your friends are younger than you are and they’re getting sick. How long do you think it’ll be before you get to the point where you can’t do anything because your body had shut down? Slow it down and relax.’

‘You aren’t getting any younger . What the hell are you doing? Slow your roll, you aren’t Superwoman . ‘

These words of advice are coming from my sister in law, nephew, my landlady , who happens to be my cousin ,and my ex lead agent at Malaysia Airlines .

Now they might seem mean and heartless to some of you, but they make a lot of sense to me.

It’s something that I need to take seriously.

Tough love is always best, sorry .

I also needed to hear these words.

As some of you might or might not know , I’m 66 years old, going on 67, God willing , and since I’ve jouned the ranks of the VHR Company, (that’s Very Happily Retired , folks), I’ve been busier now than when I was at work and collecting a paycheck .

Not to mention going on my own 30 Plus Teams Tours .

If I’m not cooking, cleaning , or out running errands, I’m doing a pile of laundry, sometimes 3 times a week .

That’s right, I said three times a week .

That’s what happens when you have three retired ladies in a two family home on Long Island, New York and you don’t have a washing machine .

The laundromat is around the corner , so you pile as much as you can in a shopping cart that’s bigger than you are, and truck it down to the laundromat.

To understand the Sports Diva , you have to understand that I come from a long line of really strong men and women from the hills of North Carolina .

Like me, everyone tried to do it all and the words relax or relaxation just weren’t a part of their vocabulary .

One of my late aunts actually got a ladder from her garage and climbed up to the kitchen window because she locked herself out of her home.

Her son in law lived in the next town over but she didn’t want to bother him, or so she said.

By the way, did I mention that my late Aunt Mil was 94 when she did this?

(She lived until age 99.)

I’m at the point in my life where yes, I tend to forget, or maybe dont chose to remember ,that I can’t do the things that I could do in my 20’s , 30’s , 40’s , and even in my 50’s .

I realize that men and women in my family had all sorts of medical ailments , and that I’m blessed that the Good Lord has gotten me this far because a lot of relatives didn’t make it past 65, including my own mother and sister.

Like my landlady said, the friends and ex coworkers who are younger than me , have some kind of medical condition .

If that isn’t some kind of sign for me to relax, I don’t know what is .

I already have enough medical problems, including the mini stroke that I suffered almost 5 years ago.

I don’t need to tell you how hard it is for someone like me to hear the words, “slow down” and actually do it.

That’s not how the Sports Diva rolls .

I’m always on the go and on the move.

But as one of my Circle of Sisters said to me, ‘It’s going to be hard for you to relax, but I know you can do it.’

So what does this mean for 30 Plus Teams 30 Plus Dreams ?

Nothing really.

I’m not suspending my travel adventures or this blog , not as long as there’s places to go and sporting events to attend.

(Not to mention how long the Good Lord allows me . )

The Sports Diva is just goimg to take it easy no matter if I’m on a trip or doing everyday real life things.

There’ll still be travel quotes , pictures of my 30 Plus Teams Tour no matter where it is, and everybody’s favorite , What’s in my suitcase .

I’m just going to take it easy and and relax a little bit more , just like I should at my age .

WHY I HATE GOING THROUGH UNITED STATES CUSTOMS

Last November I took a 30 Plus Teams Tour of Ottawa, Canada.

I mentioned in my post how much I liked going through Canadian Customs as opposed to United States Customs.

Now, when I mention customs , I’m not only talking about them.

I’m talking about you too, TSA.

I have no problem getting to JFK , Newark Liberty , Philadelphia International , and Las Vegas McCarron International Airports very early and basically taking off most of my clothes, rearranging my suitcase and dumping out liquids because this is the world we live in here in the United States basically since 9-11.

What bothers me more than anything is no matter if I’m coming home ftom Asia or Europe or doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere in Canada , why do I dread going through United States Customs so much?

I understand that the hard working men and women of the United States Customs have a job to do, but is it a requirement on your resume for this job to be a complete douchebag and act like an asshole ?

Would it hurt so much to smile when you ask a tourust coming here for the first time , ‘How long will you be in the United States ? ‘

Or when you’re asked , ‘Do you have a place to stay while you’re in the country?’

Can’t you at least PRETEND to be friendly when you ask all of us, foreigners and Americans your 50 million questions ?

It’s not any of your business why I spend so much time in Malaysia , especially Kuala Lumpur .

If you must know, though, it’s because I worked with Malaysia Airlines and I just love that country and that city.

You could learn something from the Malaysian customs agents, who are mostly women in very beautiful navy uniforms and hijabs, who get you in and out of Malaysian customs quickly, asking the very same questions .

They do it with a smile , by the way .

I don’t feel like I’m a criminal or terrorist when I’m asked, “What’s the nature of your business in Kuala Lumpur ? ‘

Or when I tell a Canadian customs agent just why I’m in Canada.

They smile right away when I mention that I’m in the country for a hockey game and even make small talk.

Don’t ask me a question that insults my intelligence as an American by asking me, “If you ‘ re an American then what’s the capital of the United States ?”

Don’t laugh, I was actually asked this by a United States customs agent at Toronto Pearson Airport on my way back to Boston .

Being the smart ass New York gal that I am, I just had to be “that girl” and reply, “I was out of the country for 4 days. It was Washington DC when I left. Was it suddenly changed to Detroit while I was away?’

Needless to say, I also wanted to know who this jerk’s supervisor was.

I’m not sure if he was joking, but are you for real right now?

If I, as an American feel this way about United States Customs agents , I certainly understand why foreign tourists don’t want to come here .

I know you have a job to do, but really ladies and gentlemen , whether you know it or not, YOU are the first Americans that foreigners see, and it’s really not a good optic .

It’s downright embarrassing to be that rude not only to foreigners but Americans

returning home as well .

Can’t y’all make going through United States Customs a little bit more pleasant for all of us?

STANDING IN LINE AT MIKE ‘ S PASTRY

This bake shop in Boston was founded in 1946 in the North End by Mike Mercogliano.

Hence the name, Mike’s Pastry.

The bakery sells cookies, pies, cakes, gelato, but it’s their assorted canolis that locals and tourists stand in line for in front of the bakery that’s located at 300 Hanover Street .

The bakery is opened everyday at 8am, but on Fridays and Saturdays , they stay open until 11pm instead of 10pm on the other nights .

Don’t even think of busting out that Visa or Master Card to pay for those gut busting desserts.

Cash only here, my peeps .

They will even ship your goodies for you to enjoy wherever you are in the United States by UPS on Mondays, Wednesday , and Thursday .

Now about that standing in line business .

Once you enter the store, which has more room than you imagine , the service is very fast, but just know what you want before the cashier takes your order, and if you want to, leave a tip.

These cashiers work hard to get everyone out and on their way to enjoy these goodies .

Besides the store in the North End, which is Boston ‘ s Little Italy , they have stores in Harvard Square in Cambridge , and Assembly Square in Somerville , Massachusetts .

You can tell someone went to the bakery by the distinctive blue and white box that says, Mike’s Pastry splashed all over it.

My friend and I waited for canolis , which are huge, and other pastries for about half an hour maybe.

While waiting , we struck up a conversation with the couple behind us, who were from Toronto and were in town not only for the baseball game , but the football game in Foxboro as well.

Me, of course, being the Sports Diva, just had to do one of the things that she loves best, talk about sports, especially baseball and hockey .

( Shoutout to Anthony and Sarah , btw, and I hope you both make it to Madison Square Garden to see a New York Rangers hockey game, even if you both are Toronto Maple Leafs fans , lol)

What did I get?

I got three of the pastries that Mike’s is famous for.

Canolis.

One regular , one Amaretto , and one Limoncello .

Sorry, not sorry, but three weren’t enough, but I didn’t get more.

Boston isn’t that far from New York City , so I can always get more or even have them delivered to me.

If you happen to do your own 30 Plus Teams Tour of Boston , make a trip down to Mike’s Pastry .

Your stomach might be sorry but not your wallet.

A VISIT TO FENWAY PARK

This was a 30 Plus Teams Tour of Boston after all and even though the National Football League(NFL)champs, the New England Patriots, had their home opener, and championship banner raising ceremony the same night an hour or so away in the town of Foxboro, Massachusetts, the Sports Diva and one of her Circle of Sisters just had to go to that shrine of major league baseball, Fenway Park in Boston .

We were there to see the home team Red Dox play our favorite baseball team , the New York Yankees .

If you happen to be doing your own 30 Plus Teams Tour of Boston, say in the months of April until September , I would advise taking in a game at one of the oldest baseball parks in the country , Fenway Park .

It opened up in April of 1912, and it would have made news at the time, except for one other incident .

The Titanic sunk on the same day.

Next to Wrigley Field in Chicago and Yankees Stadium in New York City , if you go to one ballpark, Fenway would be it, even if you don’t know baseball .

Go there for the ambience , not to mention those mouthwatering Sausage and Peppers sandwiches sold by the vendors on Lansdowne Street .

You can go to any game there, just check the schedule .

Or go at a fun time when the Red Sox are playing the Yankees , their rivals like the Sports Diva did.

It doesn’t matter if both teams are playing well, stinking up the joint or if just one team is stinking up the place.

It’s a Yankees and Red Sox game .

Half the place will be dressed in Red and White, for the Red Sox and the other half will be wearing blue and white pinstripes with the interlocking NY on it,you’re going to have a fun time just listening to all the smack talk between fans of both teams, even if you haven’t got a clue what either side is talking about .

You can take a tour of Fenway Park for $21, but do what I like to do, walk around the inside AND OUTSIDE of the park just to see it.

Take in your surroundings , especially the CITGO sign in the neighborhood and that big green wall in left field known as ” The Green Monster “.

You might not understand why but stand up and sing along with both Red Sox Nation and opposing fans in the singing of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.”

Or better yet, in the bottom of the eighth inning, join in the new tradition of singing “Sweet Caroline”.

The game itself might be boring to you, but you won’t be disappointed in your visit to iconic Fenway Park .

SOME PICTURES FROM MY 30 PLUS TEAMS TOUR OF BOSTON

I went to Boston from September 6-9 with one of my Circle of Sisters .

She had never been there before , so I was the unofficial tour guide .

Needless to say , there was a sporting event going on, because it was a 30 Plus Teams Tour and that’s just how the Sports Diva and her friends roll, but more on our excellent Yankees and Red Sox adventure at Fenway Park in another post.

Right now, enjoy some pictures from my home , Boston .